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Seattle Sues: Mayor Ready to Combat Trump’s Executive Orders

The City of Seattle has filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration, to combat an executive order condemning so-called “sanctuary cities.” Mayor Ed Murray and city attorney Pete Holmes held a press conference to discuss the legal action. Murray wants the courts to declare the President’s order unconstitutional, and disrupt what he calls a climate of fear.

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Alaska Airlines executives say the integration of former rival Virgin America is proceeding on track. Parent company Alaska Air Group updated Wall Street analysts on the merger at an "Investor Day" briefing in New York City Wednesday.

Kobe beef is supposedly the finest steak in the world. It’s very hard to get -- and very expensive -- in the United States. But it's getting easier and easier these days to find more affordable “American style Kobe beef" or “American Wagyu” at your neighborhood steak house or upscale grocery.

Canyon Mansfield and his dog were walking the ridge line near his house in Pocatello, Idaho, when the 14-year-old spotted a curious device that looked like a sprinkler nestled in the ground.

Port of Vancouver commissioner Brian Wolfe announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election this fall. He’s vacating his seat after nearly 12 years on the job.

Wolfe said he’ll be stepping down at the end of this year to spend more time with his wife.

Wolfe has supported a massive oil-by-rail project proposed for the port. He said increased pressure from opponents of the oil terminal have been taxing on him and his family.

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The 82,500-acre Elliott State Forest in southwestern Oregon may be staying in public hands after all. Treasurer Tobias Read, who cast a crucial vote last month to proceed with the sale, announced Tuesday that he sees a "path forward" for keeping the forest in public hands.

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President Trump signed an executive order beginning the process of throwing out the Clean Power Plan. The Obama-era rule was meant to limit greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel electricity production. The governors of Oregon and Washington said this won’t deter them from pursuing regional goals to reduce emissions.

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President Trump’s move to undo President Obama’s Clean Power Plan could make it easier for power plants to keep burning coal. But the Northwest’s biggest coal user still plans to cut back on the dirtiest fuel.

DHS Report Raises Questions About Child Protections

Mar 28, 2017
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An internal report by the Oregon Department of Human Services found a number of problems in the way the state investigates cases of child abuse. DHS reviewed about 100 cases in counties around the state. In nearly half of them, the reviewer did not agree with the case worker’s conclusion that the children were safe.

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Sixteen-year-olds in Oregon could soon be registered to vote under a bill the state senate passed today. These teens would still have to wait until they are 18 before they could cast a ballot. But supporters say the measure would help increase turnout among younger voters.

On the northern panhandle of Idaho, the Kootenai River’s endangered white sturgeon are getting help from scientists who are “listening” to the river. A U.S. Geological Survey team is using soundwaves to learn how sediment is building up and affecting the fish’s ability to reproduce.

Every river has sediment. It’s the sand, gravel and general muck that rolls along with the current. Sediment can be both good and bad for a river.

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